“Nephi and Goliath: A Reappraisal of the Use of the Old Testament in 1 Nephi”

    Ben McGuire delivered this paper at the 2001 FAIR conference (now FairMormon):   http://www.fairmormon.org/perspectives/fair-conferences/2001-fair-conference/2001-nephi-and-goliath-a-reappraisal-of-the-use-of-the-old-testament-in-first-nephi     [Read more…]

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A strong leader who can fill whole stadiums!

    I listened to Jesse Watters on Fox’s The Five about an hour ago.   I’ve always liked that program, and have enjoyed Watters.   Increasingly, though, I’m seeing ostensibly conservative people abandoning their principles, and I would be lying if I were to say that the sight hasn’t left me horrified and disheartened [Read More…]

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“To ‘See and Hear'”

    Today’s new article from Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture is now up and (as always) easily accessible at no charge:   http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/to-see-and-hear/#more-8117   Thanks to all of the volunteers and donors who have made this possible!     [Read more…]

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“Can you exercise too much?”

    This has been a concern of mine for years.  I resolved while still in early adulthood to avoid the problem, and I’ve kept my vow:   http://www.statnews.com/2016/01/21/can-you-exercise-too-much/   Seriously, though, this is an interesting article.  Very few of us, I think, are in danger of overexercise.     [Read more…]

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“Muslims and Mormons: An Interfaith Event at Harvard featuring BYU Professor Daniel Peterson”

    I can’t remember whether I’ve posted this before.  Truth be told, I’d forgotten that it was online, and I only found it again a day or two ago by sheer coincidence while looking for something else.  I thought that some might perhaps find it interesting.  It was recorded back in late March of [Read More…]

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“Against Trump”

    Donald Trump picked up the endorsement of Sarah Palin earlier this week.  And now he’s garnered the endorsement of Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson.  I don’t think I could be more impressed today if he were to announce the support of every single male and female performer for World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.   In other [Read More…]

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What is the true measure of a man (or woman)?

    “The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” Samuel Johnson (d. 1784)     [Read more…]

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“The Iron Rod”

    I’m grateful to my colleague Mike Bush for calling this remarkable address by President Harold B. Lee to my attention.  It was delivered at the April 1971 conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.   I’m sure that I must have heard it when it was delivered.  But it seems to [Read More…]

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From the “Gonzaga Bulletin”: “Suits, bicycle helmets and BYU”

    What to make of the Mormons?   http://www.gonzagabulletin.com/opinion/article_7f4ecbb8-bff7-11e5-97c9-a7a8fa8ab2b5.html     [Read more…]

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BOM 2 Nephi 3

    Today’s reading, 2 Nephi 3, has bothered some because of the remarkable specificity of its prediction of Joseph the Seer, who would be named after his father.   Joseph Smith Jr. and Joseph Smith Sr., right?   Get it?   And that prophecy has caused certain critics a great deal of merriment because, on [Read More…]

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